It is with deep sadness Netball NSW informs our community of the passing of Life Member and Hall of Fame inductee Dorothy ‘Dot’ McHugh OAM.
Dorothy first became involved in netball as a player in the early 1940s. Unfortunately injury prevented her from following that path but it steered her in another direction as she became involved in the administrative side of netball and also in umpiring, earning her All Australian Umpires Award at the National Tournament in 1957.
Dorothy was introduced to netball administration at Association level and went on to hold a number of executive positions for the state including NSW Vice President in 1953, Secretary from 1954-1960, Insurance Officer 1961-62, Treasurer in 1963 and Umpires Convenor in 1965 and 1968. In recognition of her service she was awarded with Life Membership of Netball NSW in 1970.
Dorothy also served as NSW Delegate to the All Australia Netball Association (known now as Netball Australia) for many years; 1954-1959 and 1966-1989 and also served on many AANA Committees.
In recognition of her contribution to the sport at the national level, Dorothy was presented with the Netball Australia Service Award in 1974.
In the years following Dorothy had the honour of representing Australia as Delegate at the International Federation of Netball Associations Councils at the World Tournaments in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Her international representation did not end there, after the 1987 World Tournament in Scotland, she was appointed as General Secretary of IFNA, a position she held until 1991.
In 1995 Dorothy became the first NSW member to receive the prestigious IFNA Service Award.
Our thoughts are with the her family and friends at this sad time.